Petar Zivkovic

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Živković, Petar

 

Born Jan. 23, 1879, in Negotin, Serbia; died Feb. 3, 1947, in Paris. Yugoslav political figure. Serbian general.

Živković graduated from the Military Academy in Belgrade in 1899 and took part in the 1903 coup d’etat that brought the Karageorgevič dynasty to the Serbian throne. He was a trusted confidant of King Alexander and in 1911 was one of the leaders of the military officers organization The White Hand. After a military-monarchical dictatorship was established in Yugoslavia in 1929, he was prime minister (January 1929 to April 1932) and war minister (October 1934 to March 1936). In 1936 he headed the reactionary Yugoslav Nationalist Party. After the occupation of Yugoslavia by the fascist German troops in April 1941, he fled abroad. He entered M. Trifunovič’s émigré government in 1943.